The Western comic icon gets a warm reception from the character designers responsible for some of anime’s biggest hits.
The huge volume of manga that Japan produces serves as testament to the fact that Japanese comic fans generally prefer domestically created series and characters. Sure, the absolute biggest stars of the American superhero pantheon, such as Superman and Spider-man, have earned mainstream recognition in Japan, but many others have remained virtually unknown prior to having a big-budget Hollywood adaptation open in Japan.
So while Wonder Woman may need no introduction in the West, the producers of her live-action film are looking to give her a little extra promotional push prior to its August 25 Japanese premier. Last month, Hello Kitty herself dabbled in a little Wonder Woman cosplay, and now Warner Brothers has expanded its crossover efforts into the Wonder Woman Creators Collaboration, in which famous anime artists draw their own versions of the DC icon.
Starting things off is Akemi Takada, character designer for beloved anime such as Kimagure Orange Road, Patlabor,